CUPID ELEPHANT Valentine’s Card
One of a kind, handmade textile quilt made by Shantiben - shown at Manchester Craft and Design as part of the recent Katab exhibition.
Shantiben learnt how to appliqué 15 years ago from her neighbours. With skilled finishing techniques and a keen sense of design, Shantiben now works with her sister selling quilts privately to clients, earning around 4,500 Rupees a month (£54) and has been involved in workshops at the National Institute of Design and the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Shantiben’s quilt was inspired by a popular Gujarati board game called Chopad, and took one month to make. She loves patterned fabrics, and chose printed flowery fabrics from different tailors for her quilt. The back of the quilt has it’s own hidden beauty – Shantiben chose it as it looked like a mirage. She enjoyed making it, and learned about representing different people across the world through her craft. Her children loved her quilt and have encouraged her to make more.